- Date: October 20 2011
- Deposed Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi has died of injuries he sustained during his capture by the National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters in the northern city of Sirte.
“He was also hit in his head. There was a lot of firing against his group and he died, ” Reuters quoted an unidentified senior NTC military official as saying on Thursday.
There was no independent confirmation of his remarks.
NTC field commander Mohamed Buras Ali Al-Maknee had earlier announced that a group of fighters from the western Libyan city of Misrata captured Gaddafi in Sirte, where he was found injured in both legs.
A commander of the National Transicional Council (NTC) forces told AFP one of Gaddafi’s sons, Mutassim Qaddafi, was also killed Thursday.
“We found him dead. We put his body and that of [former defense minister] Abu Bakr Yunis in an ambulance to take them to Misrata,” Mohamed Leith said.
Celebratory gunfire and cries of “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Great” rang out across Tripoli as the reports spread. Cars honked their horns and people hugged each other. In Sirte, the ecstatic former rebels celebrated the city’s fall after weeks of bloody siege by firing endless rounds into the sky, pumping their guns, knives and even a meat cleaver in the air and singing the national anthem.
Muammar Gaddafi was the ruler of Libya from 1969 when he seized power in a military coup that toppled King Idris, the first and only king of Libya.